BUILDING THE FUTURE WITH OLD TOOLS.
I might not have the enthusiasm of taskmaster4450, but I do consider myself a futurist. I think my first real excitement about the future was ignited by a book, Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (which loosely translates to 'Human Gods').
The book is a comprehensive prediction of the future and it covers various facets of our lives from politics, economics, social activities, etc. All of which technology will greatly impact.
POLITICS AND TECHNOLOGY.
It is quite ironic to see people talk about technological advancement without political reforms. I find it impossible to imagine both not changing in tandem.
I believe that the current political system of the world is quite primitive even in these times, much less the future. So there must be some form of transition from what we know now to what will be.
At this point, the major stronghold the political class has over the people is military strength and threats of nuclear annihilation. They do not command respect or trust but force, which certainly will not be the language of the future.
The political elites are losing their power to the technocrats. Technology has taken over every facet of our lives and those championing these technological changes are a threat to political elites.
You can sense fear of the political class. It manifests in several ways. For instance, the crackdown on most tech companies over the last few years has intensified.
Yes, we can say these measures are justified considering the illicit activities of these companies. However, I think there is an undertone to the government's actions which is prompted by fear of the growing power of these companies.
Unfortunately, the government cannot stop the inevitable. At some point, the technocrats will usurp the political class. I dare say it's happening already but behind the scenes. The next few decades will unravel some of these mysteries.
We often talk about how technology will change the way we live. I will propose that we also consider how technology will alter the way we are governed.
I certainly do not expect clueless bureaucrats to dictate the policies of the future. I can't envision a world where this is remotely possible, except we are ready for chaos.
What I do expect in the next three or four decades is a gradual shift of power. I can't tell if it will be a peaceful transition. Only the future can tell.
In conclusion, technology will change how we are governed (for the better). So when we think about the future we should also consider what these possible new systems of government would be and how they will impact our lives.
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